- Bill Ackman and Herbalife; and
- tech giants Google and Facebook.
Don't Play Herbalife to Get at Ackman Posted at 1:52 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 31 Let's face it. This whole Herbalife ( HLF) thing is a charade. Many of the people buying Herbalife don't know anything about Herbalife. Many don't care about the fundamentals or don't know about the point system and how Herbalife would prefer that you value the company on a point-per-share basis and not earnings per share, because Herbalife wants you to use the metric of sale points to grade the company. I bet most of the people buying Herbalife right now have never tried the product and never met anyone who has sold it. They are doing it to break Bill Ackman, a guy who has to be the most hated guy in the Street since Gekko tendered for Teldar. They are trying to force Ackman to cover his Herbalife short or to get his brokers to buy him in through a short squeeze, and don't doubt this for a minute. It started with Carl Icahn and his legendary on-air spat with Scott Wapner on CNBC's "At the Half." But it has now escalated to a free-for-all against Ackman, betting that he can't bring his short in and that the Federal Trade Commission won't shut this stock down to get to Ackman's zero price target.
Google Could Steal Facebook's Thunder Posted at 12:38 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 30 I don't know if people realize that Google ( GOOG) is like Facebook ( FB) a quarter ago. Right now, the geniuses at Google -- and they are geniuses -- are trying to think of ways to make more money from advertising, and the Publicis-Omnicom deal gives me faith that they will figure out it.